McSor­ley leads Penn State’s rout of Kent State

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - SPORTS - By Travis John­son

Penn State coach James Franklin has some ad­vice for young quar­ter­backs look­ing for study tips. Watch Trace McSor­ley. One of the most dec­o­rated quar­ter­backs in pro­gram his­tory, McSor­ley ac­counted for five touch­downs in No. 11 Penn State’s 63-10 rout of Kent State on Satur­day.

The se­nior be­came the Nit­tany Lions’ ca­reer leader in rush­ing touch­downs by a quar­ter­back and just the sec­ond Penn State quar­ter­back to rush for 1,000 ca­reer yards.

The Heis­man Tro­phy hope­ful com­pleted 11 of 22 passes for 229 yards with an in­ter­cep­tion and ran for three touch­downs for the Nit­tany Lions (3-0), who led 28-10 at half­time. McSor­ley sur­passed Daryll Clark’s 22 rush­ing scores and leads the pro­gram with 24. He also joined Michael Robin­son as a 1,000-yard rusher with an 18-yard run in the first quar­ter.

“That’s all he does is win,” Franklin said. “And it’s be­cause of all those things that he doesn’t get enough credit for. It’s how he sup­ports the guys. It’s how he is when they make mis­takes. It’s how he is when they make big plays.”

There were plenty of both against the Golden Flashes (1-2), who al­lowed 643 to­tal yards and crossed mid­field just twice af­ter scor­ing on their first pos­ses­sion.

DeAn­dre Thomp­kins caught four passes for 101 yards and hauled in 40yard touch­down pass from McSor­ley to be­gin the rout. Miles San­ders rushed for 86 yards on 14 car­ries while McSor­ley scored on runs of 1, 2 and 13 yards. McSor­ley threw a 41-yard touch­down pass to Bran­don Polk with 2:37 to play in the third quar­ter be­fore yield­ing his spot to backup Sean Clif­ford.

Mark Allen, Ricky Slade and Johnathan Thomas added rush­ing touch­downs for the Nit­tany Lions and Daniel Ge­orge caught a late touch­down pass from Clif­ford.

But with Big Ten play loom­ing, a hand­ful of mis­cues jumped out to Franklin.

While Penn State didn’t lose a fum­ble, backs put the ball on the ground twice and wide­outs again dropped a hand­ful of passes. Three touch­downs were negated by penal­ties of which the Nit­tany Lions com­mit­ted nine over­all for 109 yards.

“That’s some­thing that’s plagued us the last two weeks, penal­ties tak­ing back big plays,” McSor­ley said. “But in the mo­ment, if it’s a hold or some­thing up front, it’s just talk­ing to that guy, be­ing like, ‘Hey, move on the the next one’ mak­ing sure they’re not let­ting it af­fect them too much.”

CHRIS KNIGHT — THE AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

Penn State’s Bran­don Polk (10) catches a touch­down pass in front of Kent State’s Miles Daniel (39) dur­ing the sec­ond half of Satur­day’s game in State Col­lege, Pa.

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